Burning the Rainbow
anti-LGBT violence / central europe / homophobia / poland

Burning the Rainbow

(Al-Jazeera, 14 Nov 2013) Warsaw’s main boulevard, Marszalkowska, and neighbouring areas turned into a war zone on the Independence Day March on November 11. Row after row of mostly male youth marched along the boulevard spilling into sidewalks and side streets.They carried flags with Celtic crosses and white power fists, chanted slogans with visceral force and filled … Continue reading

Poland’s Archbishop says gay marriage at fault for child abuse
catholic church / central europe / poland

Poland’s Archbishop says gay marriage at fault for child abuse

The head of Poland’s Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop Jozef Michalik, last week blamed pedophilia on divorce, the pursuit of same-sex marriage and gay couples adopting children, according to The Telegraph. “It goes against the laws of nature, promotes marriage between persons of the same sex and fights for the right to legalize adoption of children … Continue reading

Polish LGBT activist takes post in Council of Europe
central europe / europe / poland

Polish LGBT activist takes post in Council of Europe

(Source: ILGA-Europe, 4 Oct 2013) Read the interview with Robert Biedroń published on the website of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination unanimously appointed Mr Biedron as General rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people at its meeting in Madrid on 17 September 2013. Mr Biedron replaces Mr Håkon … Continue reading

Award-winning gay Polish film to be aired in UK cinemas
central europe / culture / entertainment / poland

Award-winning gay Polish film to be aired in UK cinemas

An award-winning gay film from Poland, which the director hopes will start a debate about LGBT issues in the country, gets its premier in the UK on Friday. Małgośka Szumowska’s ‘In the Name Of’ is a film about love, religious devotion and personal freedoms. It tells the story of a priest who falls for an eccentric … Continue reading